In January 2013, American Idol will be entering it’s 1256th season, and as many of you already know, Keith Urban, Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj will be filling the judges’ seats. While two of these judges are easy choices, there has been some debate as to whether or not Nicki Minaj even deserves a place on the panel. To this I say: Who cares? If J.Lo can be a judge, anyone with ears and an opinion can. The more important issue at hand is the amount of singing competitions on television today.
The Voice, X-Factor and American Idol are saturating our TVs for an entire year. There are differences amongst these shows, this is true, but they all essentially produce overnight talent that isn’t sustainable. Honestly, I can’t think of anyone who knows the winners from every season of each of these shows and unless you’re Wikipedia, you probably don’t know either. I don’t know if it’s just the fact that the fandom of teenage girls is changing or if EDM is truly taking over, but the probability that an actual star will be produced by any of these shows gets slimmer and slimmer with each tweet from Calvin Harris.
At this point, all of these shows just seem pointless. They’re great for ratings for their respective networks, but the people who win rarely amass the type of success they initially seek when they audition. Maybe that would change if all of the winners didn’t seem to be forced into some mold that would fit into our already overpopulated top 40 pop culture. Maybe producers should just let them be who they want to be instead of handing them self-adhesive labels.